Press Release Two New Exhibitions Intersecting Art, History, Industry, and Politics to Open– Factory Direct: Pittsburgh and Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein
For immediate release
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Factory Direct: Pittsburgh
June 24 – September 9, 2012
Factory Direct: Pittsburgh showcases the artwork of 14 established contemporary artists invited to conduct artist residencies in Pittsburgh-based factories. Factory Direct: Pittsburgh artists worked closely with the management teams and factory workers within their host facilities to plan and execute a new work of art based on the factory’s history, technologies, materials, and/or processes. Factory Direct: Pittsburgh artists are Chakaia Booker, Dee Briggs, Thorsten Brinkmann, Jeanette Doyle, Todd Eberle, Fabrizio Gerbino, Ann Hamilton, William Earl Kofmehl, Ryan McGinness, Mark Neville, Sarah Oppenheimer, Edgar Orlaineta, ORLAN, and Tomoko Sawada. Dee Briggs, Fabrizio Gerbino, and William Kofmehl are working local artists. Participating factories include ALCOA, Ansaldo STS USA (formerly Union Switch and Signal), Bayer, Body Media, Calgon Carbon Corporation, Construction Junction, Forms and Surfaces, Heinz, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and TAKTL.
Pittsburgh has an incredibly rich history in the realm of industry and was the dominant power in steel, bronze, tin, coal, aluminum, food and glass production from the late 19th-century through to the mid-20th-century. From Andrew Carnegie’s Carnegie Steel Company to H. J. Heinz’s world-famous ketchup, Pittsburgh was the home-base for many of the major industrial giants of America. Thanks to the region’s innovation and industry, Pittsburgh was one of the wealthiest cities in the world at the beginning of the 20th-century, and many leading cultural institutions and civic organizations, including The Warhol, continue to be the beneficiaries of the trusts and foundations that Pittsburgh’s industrialists left behind. In Factory Direct: Pittsburgh, artists have been given the unique opportunity to examine the legacy of these industrial giants and work in the many factories that still call Pittsburgh home. In this second decade of the 21st-century, modern-day Pittsburgh’s industry ranges from major robotics institutes and health care systems to cutting-edge technology facilities and green building initiatives. Also present are a number of small to medium-sized family-owned businesses with light manufacturing facilities. The exhibition also celebrates the region’s work force and their commitment to industry and innovation. Pittsburgh’s strong work ethic has been the foundation for the many industrial milestones achieved here, and it continues to fuel the city’s drive forward in new technologies and innovations.
The Factory Direct exhibition idea first arose in Troy, New York when artist Michael Oatman was looking for a novel way to bring contemporary artists to that historic city in an effort to examine its own industrial past. After this first successful foray, the next Factory Direct project took place in New Haven, Connecticut in 2005 at the nonprofit Art Space on a larger scale. Now, The Warhol builds on this tradition and expands the Factory Direct enterprise into a large-scale exhibition to help bring the fields of art and industry even closer. Participating artists are working in Pittsburgh at their host factory sites for a period ranging from two weeks to two months.
The following participating artists and factory partnerships are:
Chakaia Booker (USA) / Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University Dee Briggs (USA) / TAKTL
Thorsten Brinkmann (Germany) / Construction Junction
Jeanette Doyle (Ireland) / Ansaldo STS USA
Fabrizio Gerbino (Italy) / Calgon Carbon Corporation
Ann Hamilton (USA) / Bayer and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
William Earl Kofmehl III (USA) / Boyd & Blair: Potato Vodka
Ryan McGinness (USA) / Forms+Surfaces
Mark Neville (Scotland)
Sarah Oppenheimer / PPG Industries
Edgar Orlaineta (Mexico) / Alcoa Inc.
ORLAN (France) / BodyMedia
Tomoko Sawada (Japan) / Heinz
Todd Eberle (USA) will photograph all companies, artists and factory workers
The exhibition will be on view at Guardian Self-Storage, 2839 Liberty Avenue (at 29th street and Liberty Avenue), Strip District. The exhibition is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission donations are welcome. The exhibition can be accessed via the entrance marked Storage. Visitor Services personnel will be on hand to offer assistance.
This exhibition is curated by The Warhol’s Director, Eric C. Shiner.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of: The Heinz Endowments
The Fine Foundation
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V.
The Japan Foundation
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Director’s Preview sponsored by Weiss House.
Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein
June 23 – September 9, 2012
Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein, the first comprehensive survey of Donald Moffett’s investigations into art history, paint, politics and form, provides the breadth and range of the artist’s practice over the past 20 years. As a painter, Moffett extends the traditional two-dimensional frame, converting the ordinariness of the flat plane into highly textured relief works. Some of these signature oil paintings are illuminated by incorporating video projections onto the canvas. Moffett also incorporates sound and light in his work, sometimes as stand alone projects and at other times in conjunction with his paintings. The subject matter of his paintings ranges from landscape and nature to politics and history.
Moffett uses his power as an artist to critique the world at large. As a founding member of Gran Fury, the artistic arm of the activist group ACT UP, Moffett has remained engaged with issues surrounding the presence of gays in historical and contemporary culture. Moffett’s work is not dominated by frameworks of politics and power, though these issues remain vital foundations in his ongoing advocacy toward civil rights.
Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein is organized by Senior Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The exhibition has been made possible by the patrons, benefactors, and donors to the CAMH’s Major Exhibition Fund, as well as a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The catalog accompanying the exhibition is made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc., and is available at The Warhol Store.
Sponsored by PPG Industries Foundation.
The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.